Spring 2024: The Grand Duke


May 10, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

May 11, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

May 12, 2024, 2 p.m.

May 17, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

May 18, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

May 19, 2024, 2 p.m.

All performances held at Downtown United Presbyterian Church (DPC).


In the Grand Duke, Gilbert and Sullivan come full circle, back to the theme of their first collaboration: A troupe of actors takes political power. The story contains a number of hilarious moments and funny characters, the settings are colourful and the music is cheery and flavourful. Some find this opera to be the most underrated of the G&S works.

Ludwig, an actor, replaces the company manager, Ernest, and then he replaces the miserly Grand Duke Rudolph of Pfennig Halbfennig, after "killing" each of them by drawing the ace from a deck of cards in two "statutory" duels. By winning the statutory duels, Ludwig assumes all of Ernest's and Rudolph's rights and obligations. Soon he finds himself with far more wives, and prospective wives, than he knows what to do with. Never fear: once again, a lawyer solves the problem and all ends happily.

Director: Amanda Lobaugh
Music Director: Emily Mills
Producers: Charles Palella, Albert Young Jr.


Schuyler Kelley
Lisa (a soubrette)
Morena Heyden
Grand Duke Rudolph of Pfennig Halbpfennig
Francois Bessing
Julia Jellicoe (an English Actress)
Karen Seidel
Baroness Caroline von Krakenfeldt
Carla Cogliandro
Ernest Dummkopf (a Theatrical Manager)
Charles Palella
Dr. Tannhauser (a Notary)
Sean Maher
The Prince of Monte Carlo
Edward Medina-Torres
Jacintha (The Princess of Monte Carlo)
Regan Welkey
Rebecca Brink
Liz Ferderbar
Tamara Kelley


Terry Benedict, Tristan Berlet, Audrone Gecas, Noah Gottlieb, Bill Hammond, Jordu Kelly-Sutliff, Rachel Lockhart, David Raymond, Laurel Schneiderman, Martin Schneiderman, Wayne Vander Byl, Clara Weinert


Suzanne Bell, Sophia Fellenz
Debbie Deane
Mary Ann Conley
Susan Kieren
Emily Mills
Justin Karnisky
John Engstrom, Leslie MacDonald
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